Date Published: 05/11/10
JONATHAN, RETURN RIBADU, KEEP WAZIRI, TAKE IN EL-RUFAI AND JEGA, AND INSTITUTE THE COMING OF MANY IN THE DIASPORA By John Egbeazien Oshodi
As the people of Nigeria and other well wishers including President Barack Obama of America mourn the physical passing of President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, what remains clear prior to his death, was that his deceased-prone body certainly slowed and stole his energy for effecting a workable Nigerian environment.
Nevertheless, Yar’ Adua’s spirit of honesty, unity and progressivism lives on.
Goodluck Jonathan should walk in steps with this laid down enormous spirit of renewing Nigeria but the difficulties that could arise will be from using the same groups, strategies and methods and expecting a different result. A situation that is all too common in the nation, and is nothing short of twisted logic.
Amongst those who directly and closely surrounded Yar’ Adua are some who were outright dreadful as it was “all about them”—their self interest only and nothing else, and they overlooked the nation. And in the process they overwhelmed not only Yar’ Adua’s physical being and body but his mindset. Certainly, Jonathan does not want this to happen to him!
In the next few months, great historical strides could begin to take place with the leading support of God-fearing personalities like Nuhu Ribadu, Nasir EL-Rufai, Farida Waziri, and Attahiri Jega. These authorities are not perfect but for the sake of goodness they appeared ready to revolutionize the institutional environment of Nigeria, not by way of violence but in a manner that could point to the collective good of the nation.
All they need is full executive support from the President with no questionable hindrance from some of the legislators, especially those with something to hide, and with self-engineered fear in their minds.
Professionals like Ribadu, EL-Rufai, Waziri and Jega could add something new to a Jonathan Doctrine by sparkling it up with up to date workable and functional course of actions. Also, further in roads could be made through Nigerian and other strategic makers and builders of the diasporan background, that is, those who are used to the presidential system of administration; a system of management, Nigeria is still trying to understand.
So just use those who know it so well—politically, managerially, commercially, technologically, and professionally.
Given the heavy weight of problems the nation now shoulders, under Jonathan’s arms, a new Nigeria could come to bear, only if the President turns to drastic, far-reaching and culturally appropriate measures.
Changing the nature of political governance in Nigeria will not be easy due to the ingrained, inside and internal terror-driven systemic behaviors that continue to produce various anxieties and insecurities among the people.
The most damning security threat to the nation remains within the context of the political neurosis or collective confusion. These national infections extend to various impairments, as in the psychological politics of corruption, bribery, lawless killings, capital misuse, or money madness and generalized “darkness”.
Let us for a moment focus on the man called Nuhu Ribadu, who was recently cleared of various forms of made-up transgressions.
This is the man who in recent times who tried to exemplify the true meaning of public service, public decorum and public patriotism. He was nationally discovered, first in 2003 and internationally acknowledged throughout the globe beginning in 2004, and up to 2007 as well as at this time.
He is a peoples’ man as evidenced by the ongoing affection and confidence Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora have toward him.
The British and American governments who respectively stand out as Nigeria’s administrative mother historically, and political father currently have given Ribadu a global lift, and this Jonathan cannot deny.
In fact, he visited the United States Capitol, at least twice, for national and international discourse on Nigeria before Jonathan.
Ribadu has showed to the world that the cost of saving a nation from its self is always extraordinary.
To the good motivation and credit of the former president Olusegun Obasenjo, his pick of Ribadu, to save the country from its own creation, would be Ribadu, a lawyer/police by professional. He is the man, who took on the burdens to boldly plant various seeds of true development, transparency, accountability, and stability, across the nation.
Ribadu always envisioned Nigeria as a country that is full of capability and wants to be a part of the global economy. So he took on the massive war of societal repair in Nigeria.
No society is historically free from domestic or internal strife and challenges, but Ribadu’s efforts from 2003 to 2007 showed to the Nigerian people and to the entire world that Nigeria was hopelessly hooked with power-hungry extremists with deep anti-national interest.
These were a line of men and women who wallowed in a sub-culture of open criminality, engaging in far reaching disrespect of the law and order as well as perpetuating in various aspects of anti-justice forces.
As a matter of fact, they stand out as the worst representatives of national security terrorism, in both domestic and economic terms.
Ribadu, to his credit engaged himself with these authoritarian elements, within and outside the country, and across the world. He made some in-roads and positive interference with regard to the overall security of country. At least, this is how he is being viewed across the world. This type of a judgment has also been arrived at by the vast majority of the Nigerian people whose constitution he embraced and enforced in order to protect the common citizen.
From the perspective of civil psychology, Ribadu’s short-term contribution goes beyond the successful prosecution and conviction of many legally and stained public officials, and corporate heads.
Further more, his genius lays in his ability to create measures and policies which to some extent helped pulled the nation from entirely falling into the permanent pit holes of various disasters like national starvation, damage and harm.
For the people, the day to day irritants continue to include religious terror, politicized religions, cruel behaviors, governmental violence, kidnapping, extra-judicial killings, power breakdown (e.g. electrical insufficiency), and other gross public or corporate lawlessness. Other common havocs include electoral terrorism by some powerful elements, financial and health-related distress among the disadvantage Nigerians.
The acceptable fact is that within a short span of time, Ribadu with the help of international security agencies mostly from the United States of America and United Kingdom, saved and rescued Nigeria from been illegally privatized by a handful of shameless, precarious, brutal and anti-social minds.
Ribadu to his greatness have succeeded in presenting the Nigerian people as a body of deeply resourceful and good nurtured people, who mostly live in a grand nation fully known throughout the sub-Saharan world. Then something happened.
Suddenly, Ribadu’s work became somewhat short lived in 2007 when a medically vulnerable president in the person of late Yar’Adua was surrounded by institutional rogues, political terrorists, economic criminals and so-called educated personalities.
Ribadu’s unfinished work was revealed this February in his testimony in the United States Senate where he raised hope for his motherland and pressed for the continued monitoring of the mass corruption in Nigeria. This is certainly encouraging.
He has indicated that in spite of his near death experience in Nigeria, a day before he escaped from Nigeria late last year, his work continues. Therefore his on going crusade needs broader support during this transforming period in Nigeria, especially from Jonathan.
To optimize the on-going work in Nigeria, let us hope he returns home soon but to a more powerful advisory and executive role under the current Jonathan presidency.
Ribadu’s hope and mindset for a good Nigeria is not far off from the likes of the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Professor Attahiru Jega. Dr. Jega specifically judged the country as currently in a disabled state as a result of a public leadership marked with corruptible hands. Dr. Jega has called for strong public support for the anti-corruption agencies, in their daily legal battle against those that are illegally sucking the people’s money for their own personal and selfish use. His expertise and patriotic mindset is just what the nation needs at this time.
Along this part of mindset is the work of Lawyer (Mrs.) Farida Waziri, a law enforcement expert, the national prosecutor and the current head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a professional and a definitive way Waziri has opined that only extreme and stiff legal consequences could in a lasting way, reduce corruption in leadership and deter acts of corruption now, and in the future.
In the same vein like Ribadu, is Nasir El-Rufai, a man who knows the inner workings of Nigerian government and have in the last two year remained in self exile from where he continuously pressed on diasporan Nigerians’ to return with him ( which he recently did himself); in order not to leave the nation under some bad elements and outrageous minds.
El-Rufai, a public policy and management expert could be a valuable support as Jonathan attempts to rebuild the nation.
The aforementioned Nigerians’ strength of minds are reasons why some diasporan Nigerians should to take the bold step to return home when called upon, especially those with highly specialized positions in the advanced world. This will allow many to play out their part in a way that is not about personal fortune or self-interest but about the larger good of the society. With very few months left for any actual breakthrough,
President Jonathan should act now, especially when the strict force of the “gentleman’s agreement” could make it a high tribal risk for him to join in the next race for the presidency within his political party.
John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D, is a practicing Forensic /Clinical Psychologist, and the Interim Associate Dean of Behavioral Science at the North Campus of the Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida.